2012: The Year in China (74 images)

2012 saw the growth of China's military might, a new leader in the Communist party, and the first female astronaut in space.
Updated: Dec. 20, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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A nearly empty canal runs past new and old housing estates as it weaves through Kunming, the capital of China's southern Yunnan Province, on September 24, 2012. Chinese officials have issued a stark warning over growing water shortages, saying the situation is worsening every day and that more than two-thirds of cities have a water shortage, including Kunming and Beijing. UPI/Stephen Shaver
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